Difficult to predict what will happen in Korea - Kubica

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The Renault Formula One Team looks forward to the inaugural Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam. After his retirement at Japan, Robert Kubica is looking forward to fight back at Korea but knows that it is very difficult to predict what will happen at the new track.

Robert, the dust has now settled following the race weekend in Suzuka. What was your verdict on the weekend in Japan? "I was positively surprised with our level of performance. I was hoping that we would be more competitive than in Singapore, because Suzuka is a circuit more like Spa, but I didn’t expect to be as quick as we were. It was a big effort in qualifying, and I was surprised to be so far up the grid, but ultimately it didn’t pay off. But that’s how racing is: problems can happen, and I haven’t thought about it since."

Korea will be a new challenge for everybody. What do you know about it? "I have seen the videos on You Tube and collected as much information as I can with the team. I will do some virtual laps to learn the layout before we walk the track with the engineers on Thursday. To be honest, though, the first installation lap gives you more information than most of the preparation you can do."

What do you think of the circuit? "The track looks pretty interesting. There’s a bit of everything: long corners, high-speed and low-speed sections, and the final sector seems quite challenging. A lot will depend on the level of grip that the asphalt has. If the grip is high, then some of the corners will be easy flat; if it’s low, they will be a big challenge. We have seen already this year, at races like Hockenheim and Canada, that the grip varies a lot with new tarmac. And that makes it very difficult to predict what will happen this weekend in Korea, and how competitive we can be relative to our rivals."

Source Renault